Gone are the days of the showy statement bag. This season is all about having a bit of fun without remortgaging the house for the privilege. And there are two key directions for Autumn’s arm candy: the Lady and the Mary Poppins. If you are keen to attempt the ladylike, Beck Sondergaard’s Moni bag in grenadine (really quite shouty) and Tapenade (very Faye Dunaway in The Thomas Crown Affair) or Ganni’s Top Handle bag will do a great job. If you are happier with a more capacious solution (Mary Poppins’ bag held an apron, a packet of hairpins, a bottle of scent, a small folding armchair, a packet of throat lozenges, a large bottle of dark red medicine, seven flannel nightgowns, one pair of boots, a set of dominoes, two bathing caps, one postcard album, one folding camp bedstead, blankets and an eiderdown), Hola, Jelena, Purna and Pilon (in strong seasonal textures of fake leopard, rough plaid, pieced satin and shiny coppery from Belgian favourites Bellerose are ideal.
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